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Missed an event? Review content discussed during previous virtual town halls so you can still be a part of these important conversations. Recordings, transcripts, frequently asked questions and other past event materials are available below.

Violation Response + Revocation /  NOVEMBER 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

​While much of our agency's focus has been on the health and safety of our staff and persons in our care during the COVID-19 pandemic, the DOC has also been working hard on several strategic initiatives, including our ongoing work in Violation Response and Revocation. After conducting a thorough review of the internal policies and procedures involved in the revocation process, we have identified practical areas our agency could make changes to increase its efficiency while safely reducing the number of revocations. 

To address this critical topic and begin developing sustainable reform in Wisconsin, Secretary Kevin A. Carr hosted a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, November 18. During this moderated session, our panelists shared the latest updates regarding this priority and discussed the agency's proposed policy changes to improve practices related to violation response and revocation. This event allowed key stakeholders to hear from executive leadership on our strategic priorities and reform efforts, ask questions and provide valuable feedback for consideration prior to implementation. Our panelists also led a Q&A session with various subject matter experts from across the agency to answer questions from stakeholders.

Please use the following links below to review content discussed during the live town hall event:

View the PowerPoint presentation​​ | Review FAQs​​​ | Read the TranscriptAbout Violation Response + Revocations


Earned Release Program /  SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Secretary Carr hosted a second virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, September 16 to discuss the Earned Release Program (ERP). ERP is an early release mechanism meant to incentivize justice-involved individuals with substance abuse disorders to engage in programming and treatment. During this moderated session, DOC leaders and a justice-involved individual led a virtual panel discussion and Q&A about the agency's ongoing work in the program and addressed future plans for expanding programming and treatment.​

While all members of the public were welcome to attend, this event aimed to bridge constructive conversations around content targeted towards Wisconsin's judicial community and special interest groups focused on criminal justice reform. Over 150 people attended the live webinar including members from the Wisconsin Court System and the Wisconsin Office of Public Defenders and many Wisconsin Department of Corrections wardens, superintendents, administration and other staff.

Unfortunately, there is no recording of this virtual town hall available for later viewing due to tecnical difficulties. Please use the following links below to review content discussed during the live town hall event:

View the PowerPoint presentation | Review FAQs​ | About the Earned Release Program​​


Work Release Employers /  JULY 1, 2020 at 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has a long-standing partnership with over 150 employers across the state to offer work release opportunities for individuals incarcerated in our facilities. These programs allow those in our care to gain valuable work experience and earnings while providing local employers with a skilled and committed workforce. With work release placements for persons in our care in the private sector temporarily suspended, many had questions about the future of work release programs. 

Secretary Carr hosted a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, July 1 to discuss the unique challenges affecting work release employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this moderated session, panelists answered questions from our employer and educational partners, discussed the agency's planning efforts for safely resuming work release programs and offered actionable guidance through available resources and current best practices. ​Over 100 people attended the live webinar including several statewide employers, Wisconsin Technical Colleges partners and DOC wardens, superintendents and work release coordinators.

Watch a recording of the meeting below or use the following links to review content discussed during the live town hall event: